Pune: TVS Racing’s mascot Jagan Kumar notched his sixth straight title in the premier Super Sport Indian (165cc) class on a rain-affected day to bring down the curtain on the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2017 at the MMRT track, here on Sunday.
The day’s original programme of seven races looked to be in jeopardy following a massive downpour in the early hours of Sunday.
However, the Madras Motor Sports Club officials came up with a herculean effort to get the club circuit (short loop, 2.1 Kms) ready for racing with the full circuit (3.7 Kms) not available due to water-logging. Thus, three of the seven races were cancelled since the championships in those categories were already decided.
The changes had little impact on Jagan Kumar. Going into Sunday’s race, Jagan enjoyed a six-point lead over Honda Ten10 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu, but the expected challenge did not materialize as the latter crashed at Turn-2 in the very first lap.
Thereafter, Jagan was on a cruise mode and seemed content to finish second behind Sethu’s team-mate Mathana Kumar who eased past in the last lap. Harry Sylvester (TVS Racing) came in third.
The results (Provisional):
Super Sport Indian (165cc): Race 2 (10 laps): 1. Mathana Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) 11mins, 50.428secs; 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) 11:54.499; 3. Harry Sylvester (TVS Racing) 11:57.121.
Pro-Stock (165cc): Race 2 (10 laps): 1. Anish D Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing) 12mins, 16.808secs; 2. Naresh Babu J 12:17.075; 3. S Sivanesan (Team Alisha Abdullah) 12:19.512.
Girls (Stock, 165cc, 8 laps) : 1.Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing) 10mins, 21.373secs; 2. Ryhana Bee A (Speed Up Racing) 10:26.541; 3. Shruthi Nagarajan (Chennai) 10:31.314.
MMSC One-Make Championship (Novice):
Yamaha R15 (Race 2, 8 laps): 1. Nithish Kumar M (Coimbatore) 10mins, 40.813secs; 2. Sai Rahil Pillarishetty (Hyderabad) 10: 41.037; 3. Akshay VM (Pallagat) 10:41.661.
TVS One-Make Championship (Novice): Apache RTR 200 (Race 2, 8 laps): 1. KB Rajkamal (Neyveli) 10mins, 14.340secs; 2. Anup Kumar M (Chennai) 10:14.570; 3. Yashvin Kumar (Chennai) 10:23.061.